Aug. 17, 1917 – March 22, 2015
Elizabeth M. “Betty” Watt, of Lackawanna, who worked under Father Nelson Baker at Our Lady of Victory orphanage, died Sunday in Ridge View Manor, Lackawanna, after a short illness. She was 97.
Born in Lackawanna, the former Elizabeth Dlugosz was the sister of noted sculptor Louis Dlugosz. She was a graduate of Lackawanna High School.
She began working as a caregiver in Our Lady of Victory orphanage at the age of 18 and often spoke of how Father Baker would pay her personally with cash in a small pay envelope. She was still in contact with some of the youngsters she cared for.
In 1940, she went to work at Bell Aircraft and worked throughout the war as riveter on P-39 fighter planes.
She became a dietician at Our Lady of Victory Hospital in 1950 and retired in 1967.
Mrs. Watt was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, the St. Michael’s Choir and the St. Michael’s Mothers Club.
She also was a member of the Rosie the Riveter Association.
Her husband of 41 years, William W., died in 1985.
Survivors include a son, Daniel W.; and a grandson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday in Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Electric Avenue and Warsaw Street, Lackawanna.